Miami, FL – On Friday, June 2nd, DIG celebrated its 11th annual Dream in Green Awards Ceremony with over 120 guests in attendance. It was an opportunity to come together and celebrate the achievements of students, teachers, parents, administrators, facilities staff and our collective progress in achieving a healthier and more environmentally sustainable community. Coral Gables Museum, our first program partner of the Dream in Green Academy, graciously hosted the ceremony.

Diego Marques, a star student from Nautilus Middle School, delivered an outstanding keynote speech. While Dane Jaber, Instructional Supervisor of Middle School Science for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, presented our first award of the evening—the Innovation in Education Award—which is awarded to teachers who demonstrate exemplary ‘green’ leadership, passion and creativity in program implementation. Other noted presenters included Cristian Carranza, Administrative Director of STEAM and Maria Teresa Rojas, Miami-Dade School Board member.

Thank you to everyone who attended and showed their support, thank you to our sponsors and congratulations again to all the winners! View our Facebook photo album and share your experience with others.


75 awards were given this year! Here is the complete list:

Green Schools Challenge 1st place Caribbean K-8 Center
2nd place Miami Sunset Senior High School
3rd place Florida City Elementary School
WE-LAB 1st place Dante B. Fascell Elementary School
2nd place Nautilus Middle School
3rd place John I. Smith K-8 Center
Green City Challenge 1st place Air Base K-8 Center
2nd place EWF Stirrup Elementary School
3rd place Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center
Green Machine Finalists Cypress K-8 Center
Mater Academy Charter School
Pinecrest Elementary School
Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center
Rockway Middle School
Palmetto Elementary School
Arvida Middle School
Key Biscayne Presbyterian School
Coral Reef High School
Robert Morgan Educational Center
Green Rising Star Finalists Tropical Elementary School
Palmetto Middle School
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School
Palm Springs North Elementary School
West Miami Middle School
Miami Beach Senior High School
Rockway Elementary School
Aventura Waterways K-8 Center
Cutler Ridge Elementary School
Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School
Green Initiative of the Month (monthly challenge) Energy Efficiency & Conservation Caribbean K-8 Center
Henry S. West Laboratory School
South Miami Senior High School
Waste Reduction & Recycling Key Biscayne Presbyterian School
Aventura Waterways K-8 Center
Medical Academy for Science and Technology
Water Conservation Palmer Trinity School
St. Patrick Catholic School
Tropical Elementary School
Alternative Transportation Nautilus Middle School
Cypress K-8 Center
Pinecrest Elementary School
Green Living (Buildings & Careers) Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
HIVE Preparatory School
Colonial Drive Elementary School
Food Efficiency AcadeMir Preparatory Academy
Aventura City of Excellence School
North Beach Elementary School
Green Game Changer – Students Alexandra Poit – Miami Sunset Senior High School
Emelly Escoban – Florida City Elementary School
Lana Mesa – Mater Academy Charter School
Valerie Rivas – Tropical Elementary School
Diego Marques – Nautilus Middle School
Savannah Mercado – John I. Smith K-8
Luciana Medina – EWF Stirrup Elementary School
Sebastian Reglado – Aragon – Air Base K-8 Center
Green Key Award – Facilities Staff Hannah Colombey – Media Specialist – Florida City Elementary
Sylvia Aleman – Cafeteria Manager- Tropical Elementary School
Innovation in Education – Teachers Asia Fernandez – Caribbean K-8 Center
Maribel Matta-Garcia – Florida City Elementary School
Nuris I. Binett – John I. Smith K-8 Center
Navia Gomez – Dante B. Fascell Elementary School
Gail Jenkins – E.W.F. Stirrup Elementary School
Inspiring Administrator Award Laura Carrasco-Perez – Assistant Principal – Caribbean K-8 Center
Maria J. Arbiol – Assistant Principal – Florida City Elementary School
Llennery Pena – Assistant Principal – Palm Springs North Elementary
Viviana Bouza-Debs – Principal – Tropical Elementary School
Hilda Espinosa – Assistant Principal – John I. Smith K-8 Center
Mr. Raul Calzadilla – Principal – Air Base K-8  Center
Eco-Summit Award Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center
Coral Reef High School
Robert Morgan Education Center
Arvida Middle School
E.W.F. Stirrup  Elementary School
Building Student Leaders
through Fundraising Initiative
1st Place Pinecrest Elementary School
Runner up Tropical Elementary School


The Green Schools Challenge began in 2006 and has expanded from a three school pilot program to include over 100 K-12 schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties this year.  To date, our programs have served 312 unique schools and over 88,866 individuals. Additionally, our partner schools have worked with us to conserve 26.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity, which in turn has saved the school system $2.5 million dollars and reduced or offset 39.9 million pounds of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere.